United Nations and HBO Screened Film Chair Rob Epstein's "The Battle of amfAR"

(l-r) Film chair Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

On Tuesday, November 26, 2013, the United Nations hosted a screening of Film chair Rob Epstein's and Jeffrey Friedman’s short film, The Battle of amfAR (Telling Pictures), which premiered at Sundance Film Festival. The film details the story of two very charismatic and powerful women who joined forces to create America’s first AIDS research foundation: Dr. Mathilde Krim and film legend Elizabeth Taylor.

The screening followed a discussion with Dr. Krim, and executive producer Kenneth Cole. The event was cohosted by the United Nations Creative Community Outreach Initiative, UNAIDS, and amfAR (American Foundation for AIDS Research).

Attendees of the event included heads of international AIDS organizations as well as members of various advocacy groups.

HBO Gets in on the Picture

The Battle of amfAR had a sneak premiere on World AIDS Day, Sunday, December 1, at 3:45 p.m. (2:45 p.m. Central), on HBO2.

Then on Monday, December 2, at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. Central), The Battle of amfAR had its primetime premiere on HBO as part of the latest HBO documentary series.

(The documentary is also available on HBO GO and HBO on Demand. Follow: #battleofamfar)

Alumnus Jim Allison (BFA Film 2011) interned at Telling Pictures while the documentary was being made: "This doc is an eye opener, to say the least. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman [of Telling Pictures] put a lot of love into it. And I got to see their process in how they tell a story for the screen. I owe them a lot as well as the whole CCA Film Program."

(Allison and fellow Film alum Ted Hayden (BFA Film 2011) founded Collaborative Method, a high-end video production company based in the San Francisco Bay Area. They specialize in creating top-quality video content specific to online platforms.)

About "The Battle of amfAR"

In the darkest days of the AIDS pandemic, two very different women -- Hollywood superstar Elizabeth Taylor and research scientist Dr. Mathilde Krim -- joined forces to create amfAR, America’s first AIDS research foundation. The fight against HIV/AIDS would never be the same again.

For more information about the film, contact: Justine Armen, justine@tellingpictures.com, Telling Pictures

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